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Very simply, I’ve got a playlist for tonight’s show that you’ve got to hear…
Brian Kaplan Band – “Harder To Stay
Super 400 – “Only Child
PLUSH – “Left Behind
Jackie the Kidd – “Bleeding
Citrus Maxima – “I Don’t Wanna Die
Canella – “Why Can’t I
10:01 – “Flying Home

WEXT Radio is your original home for the Local 518

Attic Classic: Albany post-punk/new wave band THE UNITS formed in the late 1970’s as most bands from that time did – from the remnants of other bands. Here’s the story…

Local country rock band Silver Chicken had just broken up, leaving guitarist Todd Nelson without a regular gig. Vocalist Val Haynes was singing with a country-rock covers band called Chili Dog; Todd asked if she was interested in starting a band. Meanwhile, bassist Steve Cohen and drummer Al Kash were in a band together, along with guitarist Jeff Doctorow, in the Oneonta area. Steve had just joined Chili Dog, but after hearing of Val and Todd’s plan, whom he knew from SUNY Albany and as a really great guitar player, convinced Al to head back to Albany to join them.

They started off as a cover band, their setlist of songs each given their unique spin. Their first gig as The Units was in May 1978, with their friend Jeff sitting in. They quickly became a popular fixture in the local clubs and bars.

As for the band name The Units, the story goes, it came from Al. Back in his homeland of Australia, he was in a band called Units, and he tended to call all his fellow band members “units” – the name stuck. The band released their only single under this name in December 1979 called “Japan” b/w “I am Sorry.”

Unfortunately, a synth-pop band from San Francisco using The Units name had released an EP a month earlier, claiming the band name was theirs first. After some legal wrangling, and rather than prolong the conflict, our Albany Units changed their name to Fear of Strangers. They went on to become one of the more influential bands from this area. But that is an Attic Classic story for another day.

From The Units first single, released on Iron Cyst Records in 1979, the Attic Classic is “Japan.”

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